from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A sticky substance that is smeared on branches or twigs to capture small birds.
  • n. Something that captures or ensnares.
  • transitive v. To smear with birdlime.
  • transitive v. To catch with or as if with birdlime.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A sticky substance smeared on branches to catch birds.
  • n. Time; a jail term.
  • v. to add birdlime to

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An extremely adhesive viscid substance, usually made of the middle bark of the holly, by boiling, fermenting, and cleansing it. When a twig is smeared with this substance it will hold small birds which may light upon it. Hence: Anything which insnares.
  • transitive v. To smear with birdlime; to catch with birdlime; to insnare.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To smear with birdlime.
  • n. A viscous substance prepared from the inner bark of the holly, Ilex Aquifolium, used for entangling small birds in order to capture them, twigs being smeared with it at places where birds resort or are likely to alight.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. spread birdlime on branches to catch birds
  • n. a sticky adhesive that is smeared on small branches to capture small birds


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From bird + lime.



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